The Blue Star

A Novel
By Tony Earley (Hardcover Book, 2008)
Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Tony Earley's bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two. Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw's girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie's heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man's emotions a grown man's gravity. With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time--making it again even realer than our own day. This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley's writing "radiates with a largeness of heart" (Esquire).
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    • Format: Hardcover Book

    • Price: $23.99 US/$27.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316199070

    • On Sale Date: 03/10/2008

    • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

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Seven years ago, readers everywhere fell in love with Jim Glass, the precocious ten-year-old at the heart of Tony Earley's bestseller Jim the Boy. Now a teenager, Jim returns in another tender and wise story of young love on the eve of World War Two. Jim Glass has fallen in love, as only a teenage boy can fall in love, with his classmate Chrissie Steppe. Unfortunately, Chrissie is Bucky Bucklaw's girlfriend, and Bucky has joined the Navy on the eve of war. Jim vows to win Chrissie's heart in his absence, but the war makes high school less than a safe haven, and gives a young man's emotions a grown man's gravity. With the uncanny insight into the well-intentioned heart that made Jim the Boy a favorite novel for thousands of readers, Tony Earley has fashioned another nuanced and unforgettable portrait of America in another time--making it again even realer than our own day. This is a timeless and moving story of discovery, loss and growing up, proving why Tony Earley's writing "radiates with a largeness of heart" (Esquire).

Tony Earley is the author of four books: Here We Are in Paradise, a collection of stories; the novel Jim the Boy; the personal essay collection Somehow Form a Family; and The Blue Star, a novel forthcoming in Spring, 2008. A winner of a National Magazine Award for fiction, he was named one of the twenty best writers of his generation by both Granta, in 1996, and The New Yorker in 1999. His fiction and/or nonfiction have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, The New Yorker, The Oxford American, The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, New Stories from the South and many other magazines and anthologies. He is a native of western North Carolina and a graduate of Warren Wilson College and The University of Alabama. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and daughter, where he is the Samuel Milton Fleming Associate Professor of English at Vanderbilt University.
  • "Enticing enough that the book can stand without comparison. He is the rare fictional child who seems 10, not 10 as filtered through an adult's sentiment-bleared eyes..." (on Jim the Boy) (Detroit Free Press).

  • "Radiates with a largeness of heart..." (on Jim the Boy) (Esquire).

  • "Brilliantly evokes this rite of passage...gives us the lovely optimism of childhood...and then slowly, gently replaces it with something darker, and more desolate..." (on Jim the Boy) (Minneapolis Star Ledger).

  • "With the calm, measured quiet of a writer who knows absolutely what he is about, Tony Earley renders luminous one boy, one family, one very small town-and, by delicate implication, the wide world just beyond that charmed circle." (on Jim the Boy)

  • "From its title to its closing sentence, Tony Earley's first novel returns to basics, back to modernness in the old sense of the word. It's not a big book, just a good one--and in this instance 'good' is higher praise than 'great.'" (New York Times Book Review).

  • "Earley does a laudable job of living up to previous successes...rich in...genial, understated prose...[he] finds real grace in these people..." (on Jim the Boy) (Wall Street Journal).

  • "Jim the Boy is a delight. A sweet, graceful novel that charms the reader with marvelous language, honest emotion and authentic characters who are no less human, no less complex, for being sincere and straightforward, and good. As his short stories have already shown, Tony Earley is a wonderful writer." (on Jim the Boy) (Alice McDermott).

  • (Library Journal).

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The Blue Star
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Price: $23.99 US/$27.99 CAN
  • Pages: 304
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/2" x 8-1/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316199070
  • On Sale Date: 03/10/2008
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